In a 35 story high-rise design, we have a 12” thick concrete, structural shear-wall forming the core of the building and wrapping several elevator penetrations.
The shear wall is providing both vertical support (like a column) and lateral stability against horizontal movement.
We think that, like a column within a tenant space, the structural shear wall should be considered leasable square footage assignable to the tenant’s lease area and not part of the elevator’s void/opening area. If it were not structural that would not be the case.
Is our interpretation consistent with 2017 BOMA area calculation methodology?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.